NCBiotech Jobs Network Gets the Jobs Done
By Keith Laemont, guest blogger
Losing a job due to layoff is all too common in today's world, and finding your next opportunity is a full-time job.
Those of us who are professional scientists who want to stay in North Carolina are luckier than many job seekers because of the help and guidance provided by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.
|Beth Haas, of Quanticate, talks to the 75 job seekers and 10 hiring managers, HR representatives and recruiters at the Jan. 27 event.|
I first learned of NCBiotech in 2005 after I had determined it was time to move on in my career and leave Michigan. I had introduced myself to Rob Lindberg, who was at the time the Center's technology development director. He was gracious enough to pass along some names and companies he thought might benefit from my expertise. Because of his kind aid, I was able to land a position at a company here in the Triangle a few months later.
I've never forgotten NCBiotech because of this, and wanted to pay forward the help I received so that others, too, may benefit.
Last February, I began to regularly attend NCBiotech’s monthly Jobs Network meetings, which are beautifully run by Deborah Thompson. The topics are relevant and interesting, and I always walk away learning something. The open networking that follows each event is a great way to talk to the local talent, recruiters, and representative hiring companies.
Then, in September 2013, I became a job seeker. Now I was facing what brought so many others to the Jobs Network gatherings. It was then I began to learn tools NCBiotech provides to connect hiring managers to those with skills they need.
NCBiotech teaches you how to help yourself find the next opportunity, with valuable seminars, panel discussions, networking and an invaluable website. Register yourself there, post your profile and CV, check out the current openings, and set up a job alert.
Trying to establish a list of target companies? NCBiotech.com takes the pain away from that by not only showing a map pinpointing company locations, but it also breaks them up by function (which can be filtered). Clicking on the e-pin shows brief company information, including a link to their websites.
North Carolina certainly benefits from NCBiotech. Everyone truly wins because of them.